Maryland

United States of America
Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina featuring a marina, central business district and boating

America’s compact seventh state packs in a dazzling array of stunning coastal landscapes, fascinating historic attractions and thriving, multicultural cities.

Maryland is sometimes called “America in Miniature” for its varied topography. The state encompasses many features that make the U.S. an alluring destination. Not only does its complex, divided history reflect the story of the nation, but it is a geographically diverse and consistently exciting state. Wander around cities packed with history, explore stunning state parks and follow the picturesque coastline in this compact but multifaceted region.

History is visible in every corner of Maryland. Stroll through St. Mary’s City, founded in 1634, to learn about colonial America. Explore the city of Frederick to immerse yourself in the Civil War, when the state’s allegiances were divided between the North and South. This city located near the battlefields of Antietam and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, contains several historic sites commemorating the conflict.

Experience the cool, cosmopolitan culture of Baltimore, Maryland’s largest city. Spend your days visiting cultural attractions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, the American Visionary Art Museum and Baltimore Museum of Industry. In the evenings, attend a performance at venues such as the Hippodrome Theatre and the Lyric Opera House or choose one of the city’s trendy pubs for a pint of craft beer.

Much of the appeal of Maryland lies in its natural beauty. The state encircles the waters of Chesapeake Bay and contains several state parks, beaches and islands. Take your binoculars to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and watch the skies for bald eagles and waterfowl. Kayak near a haunted lighthouse at Point Lookout State Park. Ride the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad through the northwestern corner of the state.

Hop between the islands of the bay. Assateague Island is the home of sandy beaches and wild horses, while Smith Island offers delectable seafood and additional wildlife watching opportunities.

Fly into Baltimore/Washington International Airport to arrive in the heart of Maryland. Visit the state in summer for sunny days by the beach or island exploration. Come in spring and fall to experience its thrilling cities.

Popular cities in Maryland

United States Capitol showing an administrative buidling, heritage architecture and autumn leaves
Washington
Visit the nation’s capital to admire presidential monuments, tour fascinating museums, watch professional sports and see modern history being created.

Reasons to visit

  • Union Station Shopping Center
  • Capital One Arena
  • National Postal Museum
Baltimore featuring modern architecture, a city and night scenes
Baltimore
Stroll along the Inner Harbor’s wide brick promenade and enjoy dining, shopping, museums and sports in this Atlantic Coast city.

Reasons to visit

  • Baltimore Convention Center
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina
Annapolis
Annapolis
See sailing regattas, naval officers and red brick colonial mansions in the state of Maryland’s attractive capital city.

Reasons to visit

  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge
  • Sandy Point State Park
Ocean City featuring rides
Ocean City
A resort town with a sweeping shoreline and plenty of activities for families, this is one of Maryland’s foremost summer destinations. 

Reasons to visit

  • Ocean City Boardwalk
  • Ocean City Beach
  • Maryland Beach
Berlin
Berlin
Take a trip through two centuries of history when you explore this cozy Eastern Maryland town, where eclectic architectural styles decorate the streets.

Reasons to visit

  • Casino at Ocean Downs
  • Main Street Berlin
  • Frontier Town Water Park and Golf
Bethesda, MD featuring a house and a park
Bethesda
Discover centers of art and culture in one of the country’s most livable cities, just north of Washington D.C.

Reasons to visit

  • Strathmore